News Related to SNAP v. The Pope and Clergy Sex Abuse

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"Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests." read more


"...As the legal successes have piled up, victims groups and their lawyers have worked their way up the hierarchy, turning their attention from the priests who committed the abuse to bishops they accuse of covering for them, then up the Vatican hierarchy they allege put in place a system that enabled their abusers, and finally to the Pope himself." read more

 

 
"A group representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict XVI and three senior cardinals for alleged crimes against humanity." read more

 
"Victims of sexual abuse by the clergy want the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict and three Vatican officials, accusing them of allowing the rape and abuse of children." read more

Update: CCR Client Under Attack by Catholic Church Lawyers

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, CCR’s client, is a survivor-led support group for clergy sex abuse victims that joined with CCR to urge the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute the Vatican…

Groups Condemn Appointment of Archbishop Dolan to Cardinal of New York

February 17, 2012, New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) strongly condemn Pope Benedict’s appointment of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to Cardinal of the…

Dutch Bishops Apologize for Sexual Abuse

Roman Catholic bishops in the Netherlands offered “sincere apologies” to victims of sexual mistreatment, hours after a report by an official commission said church officials had “failed to adequately deal with”…

Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson Team Up With Gerard Mannix Flynn on ‘James X’

Actors Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson team up with Dublin City Councilor and writer/artist Gerard Mannix Flynn, and with Culture Project, to present “James X,” a play exploring what years of silence …

Clerical Abuse Victims Seek Justice At World Court

The international tribunals at The Hague is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.

Abuse Victims Ask Court to Prosecute the Vatican

Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity…

In the Case Against Vatican Officials for Rape and Sexual Violence, We've come to the End of the Beginning

By Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney

Major Human Rights Report Affirms That Sexual Abuse by the Clergy is “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment”

September 26, 2011

Clergy Sex Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

September 13, 2011 – A survivor-led support group for clergy sex abuse victims today formally urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate the Vatican for crimes against humanity.